bath

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[ bath, bahth ]
/ bæθ, bɑθ /

noun, plural baths [bath z, bahth z, baths, bahths] /bæðz, bɑðz, bæθs, bɑθs/.

verb (used with or without object), bathed, bath·ing. Chiefly British.

to wash or soak in a bath.

Idioms

    take a bath, Informal. to suffer a large financial loss: Many investors are taking a bath on their bond investments.

Origin of bath

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before 900; Middle English; Old English bæth; cognate with Old Frisian beth, Old Saxon, Old Norse bath, German Bad; < Germanic *bátha-n what is warmed, akin to Old High German bājan (German bähen), Swedish basa to warm; pre-Germanic *bheH- to warm, past participle *bhH-to-

Related forms

bath·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for take a bath (1 of 3)

Bath

/ (bɑːθ) /

noun

a city in SW England, in Bath and North East Somerset unitary authority, Somerset, on the River Avon: famous for its hot springs; a fashionable spa in the 18th century; Roman remains, notably the baths; university (1966). Pop: 90 144 (2001)Latin name: Aquae Sulis (ˈækwiːˈsuːlɪs)

British Dictionary definitions for take a bath (2 of 3)

bath

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/ (bɑːθ) /

noun plural baths (bɑːðz)

verb

British to wash in a bath

Word Origin for bath

Old English bæth; compare Old High German bad, Old Norse bath; related to Swedish basa to clean with warm water, Old High German bāen to warm

British Dictionary definitions for take a bath (3 of 3)

bath

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/ (bæθ) /

noun

an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure equal to about 8.3 Imperial gallons or 10 US gallons

Word Origin for bath

Hebrew
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Medicine definitions for take a bath

bath

[ băth ]

n. pl. baths (băðz, băths)

The act of soaking or cleansing the body or any of its parts, as in water.
The apparatus used in giving a bath.
The fluid used to maintain the metabolic activities of an organism.
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Idioms and Phrases with take a bath (1 of 2)

take a bath


Experience serious financial loss, as in The company took a bath investing in that new product. This idiom, which originated in gambling, transfers washing oneself in a bathtub to being “cleaned out” financially. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with take a bath (2 of 2)

bath


see take a bath; throw out the baby with the bath water.

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